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Top Pro
Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 135 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 176 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Binta P.
Verified review

BEFORE EVENT I had a FANTASTIC experience working with Chef Kev, and I'll try my best to do justice to his services through this review (I don't think it's possible!). I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND him to anyone searching for an easy-going caterer who is attentive, accommodating, customer-service oriented and who takes control of the event to completely relieve them of any stress related to food/catering/kitchen. I accidentally came across Thumbtack while looking for certain supplies for my event. Once I realized that I could search for caterers, I thought I'd give it a try. Chef Kev was the first caterer to respond with a detailed menu based on my description of the event (3 or so others responded to ask me for more info without making ANY attempt to use what I had already provided in my initial description!!) . His proposal was well-thought out and it was clear that he had paid attention to my description and came up with a customized menu on such basis. It took me a day to respond to him because I was certain that it wasn't possible for the first proposal to be EXACTLY what I had in mind and even better than what I imagined. After having analysed the menu several times :-), and there was still nothing to change, I wrote Chef Kev. We had a call to discuss the proposal. Chef Kev was very accommodating as we worked through the proposal (I increased my initial count and added a couple of dishes) and discussed day-of logistics (e.g., I wanted the mac-n-cheese passed around in martini cups, wanted the food served in chafing dishes, etc.). MENU The food was fantastic!!! Everyone enjoyed it and they had seconds and thirds... A number of guests took to-go plates and I had some of the leftovers for breakfast :) Here's what was served: 1. BBQ salmon bites w/ malibu-rum ginger smashed sweet potatoes 2. Mesquite mini burger sliders 3. Oven roasted vegetables w/herb ranch aioli 4. BBQ sweet-n-spicy beef bites 5. Teriyaki turkey meatballs 6. Vegetable pasta w/ sautéed vegetables in a sundried tomato dressing 7. Scampi black tiger broiled shrimp & parmesan cheese grits 8. Caribbean jerk chicken party wings 9. Jumbo lump red pepper mac-n-cheese EVENT DAY I had initially wanted a caterer to drop-off the food, but decided to have one of Chef Kev's servers stay for the event, and that was the best decision EVER!! I had completely underestimated how much I would have had to do given that my event had many moving pieces. Chef Kev and his assistant Kim were FANTASTIC the day of the event and I couldn't have asked for a better team. When Chef Kev noticed that I had a lot of moving pieces and balls in the air (translation: slight event-day chaos), so he took control and decided to stay longer than we had discussed in order to make sure that things started off well and were running smoothly before leaving his assistant to run the rest of the event. I literally worried about nothing -- Chef Kev handled things efficiently and with a high degree of professionalism. In fact, at some point, Chef Kev sent his assistant with a plate for me...without that, I may not have ever gotten around to eating!! This is just one example of the types of light touches Chef Kev made throughout the planning and execution of the event which made my experience with him deserving of the five stars. His level of customer service was outstanding and my guests loved him, and several people asked me for his contact information.

Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sarah B.
Verified review

I had a dinner party for 6 for my father's birthday. I worked with Chef Serge to pick a multi-course menu. Making the arrangements was really easy. Chef Serge and his sous-chef were on time and dinner was delicious. Portions were not too big, which is great. Chef Serge cleaned up and the whole thing was very easy. I will definitely do this again for special occasions. I like to cook but never get to fully enjoy dinner parties because I'm busy worrying or working. Thanks!

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley M.
Verified review

We has used Maribel's services for my wedding on June 28th and i would love to say that I throughly enjoyed Maribel's Top of the City Catering. It was truly amazing! She was so patient, so helpful, and so willing to help with whatever needs we had. She ensured us that all would go well and that we would have no problems at all. And she kept to her word when it came to everything that she offered to us. She truly helped us organize the entire wedding, planning it, cooking it for us, aiding us with the table decorations, the seating arrangements, and so forth. She truly made us feel like we were a family with her with her openness and willingness to help. I have had multiple people call us after our wedding begging for her information in order to use her for their own events. The food was wonderful, the decorations were beautiful, and everything was just perfect all because of Maribel and her husband. They truly made my special day one I would never forget. Thank you so much Maribel!

Top Pro
Cakeshine
4.9
from 40 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Doris F.
Verified review

Rosa is by far the best baker I have worked with. The cake was simply delicious. All my guess enjoyedthe cake. She baked a cake customized to what I requested from her. Her reply is on a timely manner and respectful. I will definitely order again. Doris

Top Pro
F&Btainment by DANIEL
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Stacey G.
Verified review

He catered my 40th birthday party , the food was great and the presentation was first class! Daniel is very maticulous and has such a passion for cooking . I would highly recommend him for any catering event , big or small.

Top Pro
Perfect Little Bites
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jesse G.
Verified review

Chef Chris Spear is in one word, amazing. If I didn't limit myself to one word, I'd also add in: incredible, talented, entertaining, knowledgeable, friendly, intelligent, thoughtful, creative, and brilliant. My wife and I just had our third son a month prior, and it was her birthday and we were not able to go out and celebrate due to the wonderful chaos of having a new little one tethered to mom. Chris was able to bring more than just the restaurant experience to us with this incredible service he provides. We learned new cooking techniques, flavor combinations, recipes that are easy for weekly meal making with little-to-no time, and more. As advertised, Chris brought everything: the ingredients, the dishes, the serving ware, the napkins and place settings; EVERYTHING. And then he took it all home with him. Chris spent almost a solid 5 hours with us and never made us feel rushed or hurried throughout the whole experience. He explained all his dishes, discussed the ingredients with us, gave us his perspective and thoughts on the dish, all while giving us stories about his own personal life and family and how he got to where he is today. He clearly loves what he does and it shows through on the food. My wife and I cannot wait to remake the dishes, and have already started looking at new cookware that Chris recommended. Chris even gave us links and recommendations for recipes that were not part of the meal experience we had signed up for. Chris clearly cares about the food and experience first, which is beyond refreshing and hopefully what helps set him above other chefs. We have told both of our entire families and friends about this experience and could not recommend Chris more. I hope people believe us and take the opportunity to have a similarly amazing experience with Chris. Ours was truly a great experience, and for that, the least we can do is say THANK YOU to Chef Chris!

Top Pro
AC Catering
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Melissa P.
Verified review

On a whim, I decided to use Thumbtack to find a caterer for my mom's 72nd birthday party. OMG. I am SOOOO glad that I did!! I have planned a number of parties in my day, and I have yet to find one with such great professionalism and wonderful customer service I experienced with AC Catering. First off, they can fix just about anything!! While I had a basic menu in mind, I was forced to rethink things based on the wide variety of options presented by AC Catering. Other caterers wanted me to come up with the menu initially without giving me an idea of their speciality items. With AC Catering, you can get ANYTHING from breakfast, lunch, dinner..including smoked pit grilled items. So, I contacted them with my initial thoughts for a menu. Within 2 days, I received a proposal from the owner, George. Pricing was perfect, even with delivery. Additionally, they provide utensils, plates, condiments, etc. I was pleased. I had to make a last minute change. George was able to accommodate my request with no hassle. I called him just to make sure this change wouldn't pose a problem. He said "No worries. I got you." And, he wasn't kidding. So, party day comes. I'm a bit nervous because I never tasted the food or visited his brick and mortar store. However, the previous reviews from Thumbtack customers were all stellar. After meeting George in person, I totally understand why the reviews are so stellar. George is extremely pleasant and engaging. He arrived on time and was totally prepared to set up everything. He shared some jokes with my brother. Gave compliments to the birthday girl. He even shared the history about his family business. This party was for 50+ people. So, everything had to be right. Let me just say that George and his team didn't disappoint! The greens (with smoked turkey), baked beans and rice were EXCELLENT. I've eaten a lot of rice in my day. But, can I tell you how fabulous the yellow rice is? Very delicious. For meats, I ordered bbq chicken and burgers. Again, everything was wonderful. You would think burgers would just be bland and lacking flavor. NOT AC Catering burgers. They were thick, juicy, and seasoned well. More than enough food was provided. In fact, I had to encourage guests to take home plates of food. The deviled eggs were tasty. However, they were a bit messy due to lots of filling. But, it was totally fine. My guests put the smash on them. All throughout the event, everyone had positive comments and asked "who catered the food?" I didn't hesitate to tell them about George and AC Catering. I HIGHLY recommend them. In fact, I'm trying to find another excuse to celebrate so I can utilize them again!! Thank you, George, for making my mom's birthday so great. You will be hearing from me again. May your catering business continue to grow. God Bless you and your family.

A Private Affair
4.2
from 33 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan D.
Verified review

Simply put, Chef Jackie Johnson is incredible. My wife and I along with another couple had Chef Jackie come to our home for a cooking lesson. Throughout the lesson, she was attentive toward all of us, gave us each individualized attention, and created an atmosphere that was engaging, fun, casual, and educational all at the same time. Her personality is very upbeat and you can tell in a matter of minutes that she is passionate about engaging and teaching others. As someone that is an above average cook, it was great to have Jackie teach me additional techniques and have a dialogue on cooking topics that I was most interested in. At the same time, the other couple were more novice in the kitchen, and she was easily able to shift how she spoke to make sure everyone could understand their task and reasons for the specific approach to cooking. Chef Jackie is authentic in her approach, provides excellent communication during the lesson, and gives you an experience that you will surely remember. Oh, and the came out fantastic. I highly recommend Chef Jackie to anyone in the Northern Virginia area who either wants to take a private lesson in their home, or wants to host a small dinner party and would like to have a chef prepare the meal in full. Thank you Chef for a wonderful experience, a great lesson, and empowering us to create great food!

MOD Cuisine
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Saniya A.
Verified review

I am so happy to write this review for the excellent service provided by Mary. Mary is not only a great professional chef; but she is also enthusiastic about her cooking and takes the time to understand her clients needs. I must add that she is a wonderful person to interact with. Food plays an integral part of my family's day; and I have no hesitations knowing Mary has prepared our meal! I know when I open the package containing the food prepared by her, I'll be in for a delicious treat!! I wish Mary all the best and will continue to work with her for nutritious and delicious meals.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Greg S.
Verified review

We had Korean cooking lessons at our home. What a great time. Chef B is awesome. She brought everything needed. Showed us all we needed to know and even gave us some history. I would highly recommend her.

Chef Scott Sunshine
4.6
from 20 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Hideya B.
Verified review

Scott is fantastic and continually goes above and beyond. We planned our 25 person wedding weekend entirely from out of town, and couldn't have done it without Scott. From our first emails and Skype conversations, Scott made us feel heard and cared for -- something we definitely did not feel from the other four chefs we met with. He provided clear menu options and helped tailor the perfect selections, including accommodating our halal and vegetarian guests. Months later, our guests are still raving about the meal Scott prepared and entire experience he delivered. Beyond catering the evening, Scott and his team helped us evaluate the venue, find and acquire the linens & place settings, pick out & deliver flowers, and purchase food for the rest of the weekend. We highly recommend Scott as both a chef and as a trusted advisor with a big heart.

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.4
from 22 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
John F.
Verified review

How do you plan a reception for 500-600 people where approximately 200 of them are famished teenagers or preteens? The answer: you contact Esther Marandure, Executive Chef, of the Epicurean Nutrition Catering Company. Ester, thank you, thank you, thank you all for the wonderful work you did to make the reception after the Northern Virginia Youth Winds December Concert a smashing success. I cannot tell you how many people have said this was one of the best receptions they had been to. The food was excellent and beautifully presented as I knew it would be after attending the tasting. Many people remarked how wonderful it was. The staff was also so delightful to work with, all very friendly and attentive. Please make certain that they all know how much they were appreciated. Your young man and the young lady are truly gracious hosts, professionally attired, helpful, and courteous; their manner speaks well of their home and family. NVYW will use your services again and without reservation, recommends your services. We have already done so. The very best of luck with your endeavors. John Flahive Founder NVYW EPICUREAN NUTRITION CATERING COMPANY 14571 Collingham Place GAINESVILLE, Virginia 20155 Contact Information 703-395-9338 www.epicureanutritioncatering.com

  • 4 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie H.
Verified review

My company had their annual health fair and we hired Chef Iyea to do the cooking demonstrations. She was so helpful through out the menu planning process and very delightful to work with. Our staff loved her energy and recipes. I would highly recommend her!

Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin J.
Verified review

Enjoyed a wonderful sampling of foods from this caterer. I had never tasted such delicacies as Boolanee before; what a treat! Chef Nasrin is as pleasant as she is talented and her food is everything you hope it will be and more.

  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
Verified review

Thank you for making my holiday party a memorable event. You are an absolute joy to work with and your laughter is infectious. The gluten free menu that included Ruby Sippers cocktails, mushrooms stuffed with homemade Mexican chorizo, shrimp with horseradish remoulade, leek & goat cheese frittata, ginger bread cookies, and other mouthwatering fancy Hors d'oeuvres left the guests wondering if they were dining in a 5 star restaurant. Thank you again for accommodating to my food allergies concerns. Because of your professionalism and work ethic, you gave me peace of mind that everything was going to be perfect to include the home decor and setting-up the kitchen table with silver and white embellishments. Wow! It felt like a winter wonderland. I look forward to our next rendevu in the kitchen. Bests, "Girls Night Out Crew"

The Wright Caterer
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Dalila P.
Verified review

I was in desperate need of a Caterer for my wedding and about 4 months before our big day, October 4, 2014, I found Mrs. Patricia Wright online. I read prior reviews on Ms. Wright and also interviewed other caterers, but after she invited my then future husband and me to test her food, I knew I had to have her for my wedding. Ms. Wright is honest, professional, personable and a JOY to work with. I trusted her and knew that I did not have to worry any longer. Not only is she professional, but, her food is "out of this world". She worked beyond expectations and everyone at my wedding gave compliments on how well the event took place and how delicious the food was. I can not thank Mrs. Wright enough for the outstanding job she did for our wedding.

Chef Eddie Nelson
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Magdiel S.
Verified review

I had a 75 guest engagement party for my son and his fiancé and all of the guests raved about the food. So many guests kept complimenting me on the food. Chef Eddie, Carmen and Lizeth are all easy to work with and Eddie is quick to respond to any changes to the plan. I highly recommend this group for your next event! I would hire them again!!

Top Pro
Columbia Chef Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Gail N.
Verified review

Columbia Chef is my go-to catering company. I use them for everything from a 10 person meeting, to a 150 person luncheon or dinner. They are always helpful, prompt and friendly. They respond quickly to requests for information, which helps me make informed decisions about my menu so that I can get on to the other parts of planning the event. Columbia Chef Catering is part of my event planning team.

K&A Catering
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Ron M.
Verified review

Chef Kimmy was very response to working with us even though we were putting together this party from Florida. She was on time and the food was excellent.

Chef Nikki Mullings
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracey A.
Verified review

Chef Nikki is the BOMB.COM!! She and her husband Paul are excellent in the kitchen and on the grill... She can cook for me and my husband every day if she wants too, we will never turn her down...😂😂😘😘 Every meal is excellent and tasteful down to the deserts... Nikki is very clean and sanitary, you don't have to worry... She takes her business and license very serious... I definitely recommend her for your next meal, your next desert or your next catering event.

Appetites by R.J.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Tenika C.
Verified review

Chef R.J. was very professional. He made our 11th Wedding Anniversary one to remember. I will definitely recommend him to my family and friends.

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Need cooking lessons

Arlington, VA

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Personal enrichment
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine interest
    I'm not sure yet
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (easy cooking)
  • Number of students
    1
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Frequency
    One-time event
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Details
    easy cooking for a parent that not have too much time to cook after work
  • $162.5
    Average price

Need catering

Arlington, VA

  • Event type
  • Which meal
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Serving style
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
    150-200
  • Details
    Company holiday party on a weeknight in early December. Date is flexible.
  • $2517.5
    Average price

Need Cooking Skills Instructor

Arlington, VA

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Gift for someone else
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine interest
    Healthy
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (Healthy food. The couple is 28-30 old and athletically inclined.)
  • Number of students
    2
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Intermediate
  • Frequency
    One-time event
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Saturday
  • Time preference(s)
    Other (I don't know. I'm trying to buy a gift certificate for a couple.)
  • Details
    I'm trying to buy gift certificates for my son and his wife. They own a town home in Arlington with a kitchen suitable for them to work with a cooking teacher.
  • $136.25
    Average price
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